Holiday Cards are here!!!!

Christmas, Crafts, Family, holidays

Happy Thanksgiving Week! I’m excited to say that Moqqup Studios is ready to launch this year’s holiday cards and we can’t wait to show you!

We have created 5×7″ Holiday Cards featuring 6 different hand-painted watercolor designs that have been digitally reproduced on high quality linen paper stock so that no detail is lost. Each card is blank on the inside, making them ideal for your personalized holiday message.

The six designs include a Wreath, 2 types of Holiday Ornaments, a Holly Branch, a Snowman, and a fabulous Christmas Tree.

If you are interested please check out here!

 

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Finally Friday: Pumpkin Enticement

Crafts, Finally Friday, holidays

Is anyone else struggling with the temptation to stop at every pumpkin patch they pass on the side of the road? Even the mini displays in Bilo and Publix are catching my eye left and right.

Due to the heat wave that is South Carolina Weather, we have held off on any jack-o-lantern carving so that we don’t have a giant pile of rotting vegetables to deal with. To appease myself, I’ve been researching all sorts of different pumpkin decor. Check out some of these fab options: 

1) Pierced pumpkins: this option gets bonus points for letting me play with power tools. Here are some tutorials from HomeTalk and Instructables

So simple, but impactful


2) Painted Pumpkins: I’ve been a fan of painting pumpkins for a few years now. Usually I buy a few of the mini pumpkins each season and paint a new design. These last for weeks and can stretch well into your Thanksgiving decor. 

This was my own painted pumpkin from a few years ago. Excuse the poor lighting & newspaper backdrop. Pretty sure I took this photo at roughly 2am before the paint was even dry!


Martha Stewart has posted a variety of tutorials and inspirational images for creating a painted pumpkin that suits your style. 

This stained glass inspired pumpkin could be adapted to match any color scheme

Chalk paint came into play to turn these pumpkins into a traditionally styled accent

3) This awesome pumpkin cake : I realize this isn’t made from pumpkins, but it looks like a pumpkin and is awesome. Think of the comments you could get at parties!

Don’t you just want to dig right in?

4) Succulant Planters: If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen that I’ve gotten a little plant-happy in the apartment. While this is great for indoor air quality, sometimes you need to jazz up your planters for something more seasonably appropriate. Better Homes and Gardens posted a super easy-to-follow tutorial on how to create these little beauties.

Wouldn’t this be fabulous in the center of your dining room table?

5) Tissue Paper Pumpkins: this idea appealed to me because it would be such a fun craft to do with kids. You can’t go wrong with your designs and you still get your hands a little dirty. Gift of Curiousity posted this cute idea that came up on my Pinterest feed. 

I love the texture!

Friday Five: Craft Edition

Crafts, Finally Friday, holidays

To kick off the autumn season, I tried to gather together some craft ideas that I’ve seen recently and can’t wait to try!

1) I love this pumpkin tic tac toe game by Blue I Style. How cute would this be on the coffee table? I love decor that can also double as a way to entertain any little ones.

While this tray is store bought, it would be a simple DIY

Added bonus: think how easy this would be to convert for the holidays! So many possibilities!

2) I couldn’t pick just one, so here’s a whole bevy of fall-themed wreaths from A Blissful Nest for you to pick between. One day I will have enough spots in my home for one of each. That’s a normal goal right?

So many pretties!

3) I love sweaters. They are warm and cozy and… really odd to fanticize about when it’s 80 degrees outside. But I do have several old sweaters that I’ve been hanging onto since last winter and I’m glad I did because now I can try my hand at these little gems from Stonegable Blog. Adorable and recycled!

I just want to start cutting up all the sweater we own

Really, you could do this with any type of fabric. Somewhere in the depths of Pinterest I saw a burlap pumpkin version. Your choices are endless. Though don’t go for your husband’s favorite sweater. He gets offended for some reason. Men.

Who can understand them?

4) Many autumn decor inspiration posts feature front porch ideas and I am no different (we’ll ignore my lack of a porch). This idea from At The Picket Fence is eye-catching and would be super simple to put together. Plus, no rotting pumpkin to clean up. Bonus.

Such a cute way to dress up your front door

5) We still have a lot of what we call “flower books” around the house from the wedding decor palooza, so you know I had to include a paper project. This banner idea from Lia Griffith would be fun draped all over the house.

I love the rich jewel tones of this garland, but you could use any style paper and still get gorgeous results.

This is a craft that would make a great family project. You could write messages or things you’re thankful for on the back in preparation for Thanksgiving (and let’s be honest, we could all use a little more gratitude in our lives). It’s the craft that keeps on giving!
I hope y’all feel as ready to grab your glue gun and glitter as I am… get crafting!

Winter is Coming

Christmas, holidays, organization, planning

Or, more importantly, the Holidays are coming. I know you must be tired of hearing it, but I need to repeat it anyways, if only for my personal benefit. They’re coming, whether we are ready or not.

I’m not skipping Thanksgiving, I swear, but… it needs to be said, in my world, planning makes everything seem more sane. It also keeps me from utterly blowing my holiday budget. I love gift giving which makes me prone to overspending a smidge lot. As I type this, my beloved is beside me making a chart of all the gifts we’re giving to friends and family. He’s also repeatedly trying to make me swear I will not get more than what’s on the chart. I think he’d ask me to sign a blood oath if he thought it would work. What can I say honey, I’ve already got gifts hidden away that you will never know about learn about on December 25th. Mea culpa. At least I’ve improved since last year.

Setting my secrets aside, how do you plan now to give yourself more family time later?

My top recommendation to give yourself peace this Christmas is to stay organized. Make a list, actually stick to it (do as I say, not as as I do) and start early.

Mark your calendar with everything that’s coming in November and December. Upcoming parties, gift wrapping sessions, holiday cards, decorating, baking, caroling, school plays… all of these events need their own space on your calendar in order to keep you organized.

I keep a running list on my phone of gift ideas for people. Some are generic, some are specifically for a certain person, which I notate. Whenever I come across something in a store or an idea online, I jot it down. It never fails that I feel uninspired when it’s actually gift buying time, so I use this as a backup. My mother keeps a gift book. She has pages for each of us and writes down every gift she gives for each year. She adds to it every season so that she doesn’t double gift a year or two down the road. I have envied/admired this for several years, but this is the first year I’ve made my own.

hot cocoa break

Be sure to put yourself in a festive mood while you plan

Next goal: prioritize. You cannot do everything. My sister made a list a few years ago of holiday traditions she remembers and/or saw somewhere and wanted to try. Each year she picks her top choices and works them into her family’s calendar. One year she may make it through her entire list, but that year is not this year. Alas.

Above all, remember to cherish this season. 2015 has been a hard year for everyone; take time to enjoy your family and your blessings. I know we will be doing the same. Happy Holidays!